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Puppykoala, I was using Becker for consolidations also, and didn't get the whole thing. For my second try, I added Ninja book and MCQs, and had a breakthrough. It was Becker and Ninja together that did it for me. The thing that was hanging me up was that until Ninja I didn't realize that the worksheet was not something that was going into the ledgers. It was completely separate and just helped you figure out what to put on the reports.
As I recall, I was getting close to the window. It was important because it turned out they were telling me that my transcript was short by one communications course, so I needed to enroll in something quickly. I hadn't paid anything yet, I don't think. So not exactly analogous to yours, except that they also didn't take the initiative.
Do call them as soon as you can. After I sent in my transcripts, didn't hear and didn't hear. I called them and they checked and said they had left out the y on Yahoo. They didn't bother checking the bounce. Later, something they sent went into the spam folder because they used some kind of oddball font.
I was in the same situation with FAR. I considered just stopping. What got me to come back was thinking how many people on A71 would love to be in my position, and would think I was nuts to consider quitting. I took about 4 months off studying. When I got back into it, I scheduled my retest 5 weeks out, then after 3 weeks I did extend another 5 weeks and it was exactly what I needed.
@mtaylo24! If you swing through Topeka on your victory tour, I will personally take you and Jeff out to dinner. All spouses and kids included!
When I started the study process early in 2016, I started experiencing severe jaw pain, radiating from several teeth to a whole side of my face. It would come and go, but was always worse when I was in study phase. Even curling up in the fetal position didn't help much. My dentists tried several things. An expensive night guard – worked somewhat, for awhile maybe. Then, re-cementing a crown that was loose. Worked somewhat, for awhile. Finally, this summer (after finishing exams in March 2017), another dentist in the practice said that tooth needed a root canal. We did that, and now I can tell the situation is fixed.
I would rather have another root canal than go through these exams again.
An hour drive to the nearest Prometric, brunch/lunch at Panera with my husband at about 10:30 am. Then down the road to Prometric. They always let me start earlier than my official start time. Husband sat in waiting room reading novels all afternoon, cheered me on. Didn't take a break or eat anything during the exams – just needed to stay in the zone. Afterwards, supper at Red Lobster except one time supper at my cousin's house, then the hour drive home. A drive in the country is a good thing.July 18, 2017 at 8:18 am in reply to: Anyone else feeling resentment from peers/friends, etc? #1586989
One thing I used to do was to occasionally read practice MCQs out loud to people so they could see how there could be subtle or almost imperceptible differences between the answers. Your perception that there is jealousy afoot could be spot on – there will always be people who resent your efforts to better your situation, in this or in anything else.
The second time I took FAR, I did re-read the entire textbook as part of my review. I had actually read it twice as part of my pre-review study, so this was my third re-read. I do think it made a difference. The first time I read, I was making flashcards as I went along. As I re-read it in review, I had the flashcards next to me and thought about whether I had really learned that concept, and also made a few new flashcards.
As WannaFree mentioned, this was in the old book, however. I haven't seen their book to go with the new test.
By the time I got to the third reading, I was reading roughly 20 pages per hour in FAR (slower than in the others). So somewhere around 30 hours for the whole book.
I think 50% would still be considered within the normal range for first pass through FAR MCQs, even though you were doing better on REG. You'll get there!
@beantown, those JEs are *very* important. Be sure you know how a pot of money goes from temp restricted, into unrestricted, then to cash out.
In Becker's FAR book (2015 version) I could read and comprehend 15 pages per hour. In the Becker AUD, BEC, and REG books, I could read at 25 pages per hour. So the FAR book seemed quite tedious just for that reason. I re-read FAR three times on my second try at FAR. I might have gotten up to 20 pages per hour on the third read.
There was a period of several years where the only employment I could find was adjunct teaching, some online and some in the classroom. After knocking myself out for $10/hour, that's why I decided to retrain in accounting.
Did mostly sets of 30, all in adaptive mode.
Done! I'm going to Disney World! Well, eventually.
2015 May/June Took Becker FastPass. Sixteen of us met daily to watch the video together from 8 to noon, then home to do Mcqs the rest of the day. At least 11 of these people finished all 4 sections within 3 testing windows. Meanwhile, my state board said my transcript was short by one communications course. Spent July and August taking a public speaking course, resubmitted transcript in September, got NTS in October. Decided to take the two shortest ones, BEC and REG, first.
2016 Jan – reread Becker book, did NOT rewatch videos. Redid MCQs and SIMs. Studied 50 hours over 2 weeks for BEC and 75 hours over 3 weeks for REG. Scored 83 on both.
Realized that this study plan was not going to work for me for AUD and FAR. Googled for advice and found A71. Started reading the threads.
2016 May – re-read Becker book twice, redid MCQs and SIMs, made my own flashcards. Studied 100 hours over 5 weeks. Scored 92. AUD
2016 July – same study plan as for AUD. Studied 130 hours over 5 weeks for FAR. Scored 74.
Access to Becker online MCQs and SIMs expired in October. Did not re-up with them.
I know that there were questions I got right ONLY because I had seen those issues discussed in the study group. You have to join the study group. Thank you Jeff and fellow Ninjas, and good luck to all! Peter Olinto owes me a cup of coffee. With a shot of Riga Black Balsam in there, please.
91 on FAR and done! What a relief! I will post more details in the “I passed the CPA exam” thread.
That 74 was very discouraging, and I know that CPA candidates consider it the worst possible score. But my civilian friends who don't understand about the CPA exams were all enthusiastic. They said this is great, means you'll get it for sure next time, you should be happy about it. They made me think about it a whole different way. So mtaylo24 , congrats on the BEC, and on FAR, yeah, you got this! I'll be checking in to cheer you on!
@hwasup7 It's worth a try if you can spend a lot of time studying. I can only go by what I did. The first time, I studied 130 hours over 5 weeks, and got the 74. Then I didn't study for about 5 months, getting into a new job. Then I studied about 200 hours over 10 weeks, don't know score yet. So for me you'd have to take into consideration the 5 months away from studying. You're much fresher on your studying. Also, I never took the Advanced Accounting college course, so I was learning consolidations/equity method etc *only* via my review materials. The NINJA MCQs were good for me because I had already done the Becker MCQs several times and was starting to memorize them.
This would depend on how you're working the rest of your testing schedule, but don't hesitate to reschedule later in the window if you really don't feel prepared yet. I originally scheduled for Feb. 4, but by the middle of January I knew I wouldn't be ready yet. I rescheduled for March 4 and felt way better about it, even though it prolonged that dark cloud over my head for another month. Better that, than ending up needing yet another retake, when there was window time left. But I realize for you this depends on what your plans are for the other tests too.
Also, I concur with brickell on doing MCQs and looking things up in the book. Especially if you're doing the MCQs in adaptive mode and you get all the topics in a mix. Like I remember doing a question where I needed to know that your share of the income from an equity method investment doesn't debit to cash. But I also needed to know that it did credit to income, and I had forgotten to think about the credit side. Went back to the book and yes, there it was.
Also – you must read the posts on the FAR study group, pinned at the top of the page. As valuable as the other NINJA resources, and free. When I started reading those, at first I was discouraged because I couldn't get any of the practice problems they were talking about. But *of course* it's like that – they don't need to discuss the easy ones. I promise you will see things on the test that you will get right only because you saw that issue discussed and hashed out in Study Group.
@hwasup7 Some other technical things about how you do the answers – I was practicing SIMS in Becker and there was this one time when I couldn't get it to let me type numbers in the boxes. I started to get panicky and then figured out that I had to double-click in the box (not single-click) and then it would let me type in my numbers. That's the kind of thing I was glad to know *before* actually being in the test. Similarly, there was a worksheet where you were typing in numbers in one column (not debits and credits) and I found out that you had to put in the negative signs yourself even for things that were obviously subtracted – glad I found that out in practice also. On the real test, my first time some of the information seemed ambiguous on topics that should have been straightforward, and I let that throw me off. On my retest, all my SIMs were clear about what to do.
@hwasup7 Your plan is very similar to mine. I can't say until next Tuesday if it worked. I scored 74 the first time. This time, I reread the Becker book 3 times, got the Ninja notes, Ninja book, and Ninja MCQs. I did sets of 30 in adaptive mode and scored about 70% overall. I did feel better leaving the test this time, and I had breakthrough understanding on consolidations. I think our chances are good.
Hey, I *always* wear Depends when I go on a zipline. I am NOT going to let a sudden urge spoil the fun.
Good thoughts and wishes going out to all who are testing this week!
Took FAR yesterday. The second and third testlets didn't seem “harder,” I would say “more substantial” instead. I did ask for a handheld calculator and thought it helped. Thank you monikernc if you're out there.
I had an hour and 50 minutes for the SIMs. None of them were weird. No DRS. They all said whether or not to put zeroes or leave blanks if relevant. With 5 minutes left, one SIM still needed some work, but my brain was done.
For the first time, I didn't flag any MCQs. None of them seemed like it would help to go back and mull them over some more.
I felt better leaving this one than the previous time. I left that one knowing that it would be right on the edge.
Reviewing gummint today. I swear, if I pass it will be because of you all. Ninja has a lot of good resources, and this forum is #1.
Saturday, March 4, at 12:30. (rescheduled from Feb 4 on your recommendation, and glad I did)
I'm 61. Education in math and physics. Got laid off a university job in the recession in 2008. Found out that “adjunct” positions at community college make $10/hour. Decided to try something more lucrative with the math. Looking forward to getting this finished.
I want a green visor emoji.
@mtaylo24, I think it's because it says the contracts were sold evenly over the year. So on average, each contract has been in effect only half a year. So take 40% of that half year.
To prolong the LCM vs LCNRV discussion, or maybe someone already said this, could we say that “market” IS now defined as NRV for FIFO? Hence they can use either term to mean NRV for FIFO?